We have a family group text, and yesterday my oldest daughter sent a message that her office was on lockdown. Needless to say, between me an my husband and our 5 children, my phone was lighting up every second with comments and questions. The police were hunting a criminal who they described as armed and dangerous.
Once we determined my daughter’s safety, the texts were more light hearted and some even hilarious. There was a man armed and dangerous on the run, but you would have never known it from our texted conversations.
Do you find it interesting that I just went about my day as usual? I mean, my daughter was safe and the hunt wasn’t near me. I intentionally avoided areas where they said he was hiding, and I didn’t see police cars or hear sirens. I actually forgot it was happening until I saw it on the 6:00 news.
Out of sight? Out of mind? I hope not. After the news report, I was stunned by the amount of man power and outside resources that it took to take the situation under control. Not only was I unaware of the seriousness of the situation, but I completely underestimated the danger as well.
I couldn’t help but think about the real enemy who roams this earth like a lion seeking whom he might devour. However, because I don’t actually see the “lion” in my front yard, I go about my day as usual. Yet in John 10:10 it says that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. “Going about my day as usual,” I obviously underestimate the power and plan of the enemy.
I don’t want to be that girl! The one who is unaware and unprepared. The second part of the verse in John 10:10 says that Jesus came in order to give life, and not just any life, but life abundant. In 1John 4:4 it says if you are a believer of God then greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. In Ephesians 6:10-18 We are told to put on the full armor of God and be on the alert! I want to be THAT girl. As author, speaker, Priscilla Shirer says, “A girl with a Sword!”